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Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune offers analysis and commentary on issues that concern the work of FaithTrust Institute.

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Custom of Female Genital Cutting Is No More

Custom of Female Genital Cutting Is No More

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The 2,000-year-old, nearly universal practice of female genital cutting (FGC) in Guinea, West Africa, has been abandoned by the village of Lalya and 149 other connected villages. No longer will young girls have their clitorises removed nor will they be forced into early marriage.

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Do Any Sacred Texts Excuse Wifebeating?

Do Any Sacred Texts Excuse Wifebeating?

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In only the most recent report of Western “cultural sensitivity,” a judge in Germany cited the Quran as she turned down a battered Muslim woman’s request for a speedy divorce from her abuser.

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Do We Know Domestic Violence When We See It?

Do We Know Domestic Violence When We See It?

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Sadly, last week was a busy week for nationally publicized domestic violence fatalities. Sensational headlines informed us about a plane intentionally crashed into a house and another school shooting. But did we really understand that these deaths were domestic violence?

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Pope’s Preacher Urges Repentance for Clergy Sexual Abuse

Pope’s Preacher Urges Repentance for Clergy Sexual Abuse

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The Pope has his own preacher, Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa, who, in a recent sermon, underscored the “abomination” of the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests and urged a day of fasting and penance for the Church. The Pope was listening but the Vatican had no comment after the service.

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Another Party Heard from . . . Rev. Marie M. Fortune Has Things to Say

Another Party Heard from . . . Rev. Marie M. Fortune Has Things to Say

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After 30 years, how about a blog? When I began my work in 1977, I didn't even have access to a copier. I wrote my first book on a typewriter. Remember those?

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